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Cybersecurity, cybercrime and cyberwarfare: how real is the threat? – Part 2

5 Jul 2012

OII Professor Ian Brown delivers a presentation on cybersecurity, cybercrime, and cyberwarfare at the Chartered Institute for IT. He claims that cyberterrorism has been overhyped and does not pose a risk in the medium term; however, he acknowledges that risks could increase in the long-term if traditional infrastructure becomes interconnected. Furthermore, Brown states that the term ‘cyberwar’ has been employed too loosely since it has not yet resulted in a loss of physical territory or life. Brown then focuses on appropriate government responses to cyberthreats. He argues that interception devices placed across networks to spot traffic patterns negatively affect the liberties guaranteed by democracies.